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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 1995 06:53:27 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Naval Service Medical News (NSMN) 95-15 

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RMKS/1. THIS SERVICE IS FOR GENERAL DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION 
AND NEWS OF INTEREST TO NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEMBERS, CIVILIAN 
EMPLOYEES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND RETIRED BENEFICIARIES OF NAVY 
MEDICINE. MAXIMUM AND TIMELY REDISTRIBUTION OR FURTHER 
REPRODUCTION AND USE BY ACTION ADDRESSEES IS ENCOURAGED. THIS 
MESSAGE HAS BEEN COORDINATED WITH THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE 
CORPS (CMC) . THE COMMANDANT HAS AUTHORIZED TRANSMISSION TO 
MARINE CORPS ACTIVITIES. 

2. HEADLINES AND GENERAL INTEREST STORIES THIS WEEK: 
(950120) -RADM Lynch Responds to Navy Times' Article 
(950121) -Navy Corpsman Renders Assistance in Pacific 
(950122) -Mercy Mission Saves Life of WWII Veteran 
(950123) -Navy Nurses Precept Students from Guam University 
(950124) -Corpsman to Perform for White House Easter Egg Roll 
(950125) -NMCL New Orleans Opens New Branch Clinic 
(950126) -NMCL Philadelphia Holds Healthcare Information Fair 
(950127) -New Contractor to Operate Family Dental Plan 
(950128) -Hyperbaric Society Announces Annual Meeting (para 4) 

HEADLINE : RADM Lynch Responds to Navy Times ' Article 

NAVY TIMES (NSMN) — J read with interest Soraya Nelson's 
article on the state of military health care ("Health care isn't 
cutting it, says draft report for DOD, " 13 March) . The article 
summarized the four basic assertions of the Commission on Roles 
and Missions' preliminary staff report on medical readiness. I 
have served as director of the Navy's roles and missions staff 
since September 1994 and I have dealt with myriad difficult 
issues as the services attempt to refine and/or redefine their 
roles in the geopolitical climate of the 21st century. I am a 
line officer and, like many line officers, I have had a tendency 
to take medical entitlements for granted. 

It was not until last September that I really took a hard 
look at Navy medicine, because it was identified as an important 
issue for examination by the congressionally mandated Commission 
on Roles and Missions . My learning curve was steep. Although it 
is my job to be skeptical, I was particularly impressed by the 
briefings I received from the Navy Surgeon General 's office on 
the statues of Navy medicine . Throughout the roles and missions 
debate, Navy medicine has survived close scrutiny and provides 



the paradigm for efficient military health care. 

Let me address the four basic assertions concerning military 
medicine presented in the article and explain how Navy medicine 
measures up: 

— The military medical force is more than twice the size 
needed to meet post-Cold War threats. 

Navy medicine has vigorously responded to the 
congressionally legislated Section 733 study on military 
medicine's wartime readiness. The Navy devised the Total Health 
Care Support Readiness Requirements study to evaluate medical end 
strength for the wartime readiness mission. That model validates 
the need for virtually every billet in forward-deployed medical 
units worldwide and Navy hospitals in the continental United 
States. The Navy's use of independent duty corpsmen to fill 
billets occupied by officers in other services is unique. When 
compared with the Army and Air Force, the Navy has fewer medical 
personnel per active duty member. We clearly do a lot with a 
great deal less than the other services. 

— Inadequate training for war exists. 

To make such a statement suggests a lack of knowledge of 
naval operations. While it is common knowledge that ships 
operate forward from the sea, so do fleet surgical units. Navy 
medicine is forward deployed worldwide and ready for war. Navy 
medicine and hospital ships Comfort and Mercy were on station, 
ready for any contingency during the Persian Gulf War. 

The Navy currently has 13 fleet surgical hospitals deployed 
worldwide. The Navy manned the fleet hospital in Zagreb, 
Croatia, throughout 1994. Navy medicine and the Comfort rapidly 
responded to the Cuban and Haitian refugee crises in the 
Caribbean last summer. Navy medicine arrived with the Marines in 
Somalia and stayed until their recent departure. These kinds of 
preventive medicine and crisis responses prove that Navy medicine 
is ready for war. 

— Equipment is out of date. 

This is not the case for Navy medicine. Our hospitals are 
state of the art. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of 
Healthcare Organizations rates Navy hospitals above both DOD and 
the national average. Tele-medicine and tele-radiology 
constitute specific examples where the Navy is leading the 
development and deployment of new equipment and technology. As a 
result, CONUS-based medical specialists can now consult and 
advise forward-deployed Navy doctors and corpsmen in real time. 

— Peacetime care is uneven. 

From my knowledge of the Tricare pilot program in the 
Tidewater area, where the Navy is the executive agent, I can 
confidently state that the quality of and access to medical care 
for all three services has reached parity. We must maintain a 
bond of trust with our Sailors, Marines and their families. When 
the TRICARE program is launched nationwide, it will raise the 
standards of care for all service personnel and their families . 

In a recent message to all flag officers, ADM Mike Boorda 
discussed the TRICARE program: "I am convinced this is the best 
medical benefits program on the table, and it is a great 
improvement over the current system. We need to continue 



supporting all our people who are and have served the Navy and 
Marine Corps team. . . . TRICARE will improve access, reduce costs 
and increase individual choice in level of health-care service 
and doctor. " 

In conclusion, it is clear that Navy medicine is not broken. 
The Navy has the answer in correctly sizing medical forces to 
support our unique forward-deployed mission. I expect that the 
other services will soon follow our lead. As the Commission on 
Roles and Missions final report makes its way to Congress, it is 
critical that service-unique requirements be considered. For the 
Sailor at sea or the Marine on the beach, there is no shore-based 
alternative for medical care. 
Signed, T.C. Lynch, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy 
Originally printed in Navy Times, 17 April 1995 

-USN- 

HEADLINE: Navy Corpsman Renders Assistance in Pacific 

USS MAHLON S. TISDALE (NSMN) — USS Tisdale (FFG 27), 
homeported in San Diego, CA, recently assisted a U.S. Merchant 
tanker off the coast of Baja. The master of the New York-based 
tanker "Mormacstar" called the San Diego-based frigate over the 
bridge to bridge radio requesting medical assistance for an ill 
U.S. citizen crewman. The crew of Tisdale responded quickly by 
sending their independent duty corpsman, HM1 Matthew Cochrane, of 
Detroit , MI, along with LTjg Ronald Toland, of Tucson, AZ, 
BM3 (SW) Douglas Lovell, of San Antonio, TX, and EN2 Stephen Lynn, 
of Bremerton, WA, to the Mormacstar in a small boat. 

Cochrane diagnosed that the Mormacstar crew member suffered 
from a painful urinary tract infection and was in need of 
immediate treatment. The patient's symptoms and vital signs were 
passed via Marine VHF radio to Tisdale, then by satellite 
communications to Commander Third Fleet ' s medical officer 400 
miles away, embarked on USS Coronado (AGF 11), inport San Diego, 
who concurred in Cochrane 's diagnosis. Using medical supplies 
transported from Tisdale, Cochrane treated the patient and 
provided the Mormacstar with additional medication and test 
results for the tanker's crew member. The patient had immediate 
pain relief, allowing the Mormacstar to continue her voyage to 
Los Angeles. 

USS Mahlon S. Tisdale, commanded by CDR Ronald E. Madeen, of 
Hamilton, MT, is one of seven guided missile frigates in 
Destroyer Squadron One. Following the medical assistance 
operation, Tisdale continued her transit back to San Diego, 
returning from Third Fleet operations and a port visit in 
Mazatlan, Mexico. 

-USN- 

HEADLINE: Mercy Mission Saves Life of WWII Veteran 

NAVSTA Rota, Spain (NSMN) — For William Turner, the quick 

action by the Navy in Rota meant the difference between life and 

death . 

Turner, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and his wife 

Carmen, own a campground about 90 miles from Madrid. Frank 

Mannes, a Dutch military pilot, was visiting the campsite when he 



noticed Turner's severely weakened condition. Concerned about 
his fellow pilot ' s health, Mannes convinced Carmen that William 
needed urgent medical attention. 

Naval Station Rota Commanding Officer CAPT Richard G. Simms 
got the call about 1500 on 23 March. 

"The Dutch officer told me that a 92-year-old retired Air 
Force colonel needed the Navy's help, " said Simms. "I called air 
ops and told them to stand by for a possible medevac. " 

Navy C-12 pilot, LCDR Martin S. Earl, got the word at 1930 
to prepare for the flight to Torre jon. The flight crew was 
recalled and briefed, a flight plan filed and about two hours 
later, the plane was airborne. 

While the plane was en route, Turner and his wife were 
heading for Torre jon in a taxi . Carmen doesn ' t know yet how much 
the taxi cost . 

"I gave him all the money I had and said I'd give him the 
rest when we got back, " she said. 

The plane touched down at 2250 and the Navy Medical team of 
CDR Donald R. Mason, MC, and LT Luis Acevedo, NC, quickly prepped 
Turner for the trip to Rota. Turner was initially diagnosed as 
dehydrated and malnourished, said Mason. 

At 0120 on 24 March, the medevac flight landed in Rota where 
Turner was admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital's multi-service 
war. Turner's physician, LCDR Tho Le, MC, said tests would 
determine the overall prognosis . 

For now, Carmen is just happy to have the colonel around. 
Hospital officials say Turner's medevac was "a matter of life and 
death. " 

"This once again proves that the Navy can respond quickly in 
any kind of crisis, " said Simms. "It was a great effort on very 
short notice. " 

Story by JOC(SW) Terry Briggs, reprinted from NavEur News Service 
(NENS) 95-13 of 30 March 1995 

-USN- 

HEADLINE: Navy Nurses Precept Students from Guam University 

USNH Guam (NSMN) — Six Nurse Corps officers at U.S. Naval 
Hospital Guam were selected to precept University of Guam senior 
nursing students during the fall semester for their leadership 
rotation. The students were exposed to a wide variety of 
clinical areas as they observed their preceptors decide on a 
myriad of issues pertaining to the quality of care and personnel . 

It was an equally valuable learning experience for the 
preceptors, who function in key leadership positions : Director, 
Nursing Service (CDR A. Shimkus) ; Assistant Director, Nursing 
Service (CDR J. Quindag-Raffels) ; Department Heads for Inpatient, 
Ambulatory and Perioperative Nursing (LCDR Morones , LCDR Howard 
and LCDR Fowler) ; and Division Officer for the Multi-Service Unit 
(LT D. Terrell) . 

As preceptors, we were able to take lessons learned through 
the years and "open" our students' eyes to what lies ahead. We 
stressed the need to continuously study and fine-tune the 
principles of leadership and management, basing decisions on the 
best information possible. While talking and sharing with the 



students, it also "opened" our eyes to things we do 
automatically, allowing us to do our own "reality-check. " 

One student commented that his preceptor always seemed to 
start on a positive note, discuss the major concerns/issues and 
then end with an upbeat thought during problem-solving sessions . 
She admitted that she hadn't realized it before and now makes an 
effort to reinforce her actions. Instances such as this one made 
it as rewarding an experience for the preceptors as it was for 
the students. 

Story by CDR Jean E. Quindag-Raffels, NC 

-USN- 

HEADLINE : Corpsman to Perform for White House Easter Egg Roll 

NAVHOSP Pensacola, FL (NSMN) — HM3 Dennis Braxton, a 
psychiatric technician at Naval Hospital Pensacola, will be 
putting his "balloonist" skills to a stern test for a special 
interest group of youth at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll 
on Monday, 1 7 April . 

The southeast Alabama native has been developing his 
balloonist art over the past two years and his repertoire 
includes a wide variety of exotic balloon characters — from 
dinosaurs to the Tazmanian Devil — which should please the 
Washington egg-hunting enthusiasts . 

Braxton has created a Pensacola following since reporting to 
the hospital more than four months ago. But he learned his 
skills while working with a child psychologist at Naval Hospital 
Charleston, SC, back in 1993. 

"I get tremendous enjoyment from making children happy with 
my balloon creations, " said Braxton. "I spend a great deal of 
time making my balloon characters. The reason I do that is 
because I want that child to say, 'That's the coolest balloon 
I've ever seen. " And Braxton wants it bad enough to spend his 
spring vacation working the crowd at the White House. 

Among some of the characters likely to appear on the White 
House lawn, courtesy of Braxton, are Barney the Dinosaur, the 
Road Runner, Roger Rabbit and Bugs Bunny. 

The seven-year Navy enlisted man from Columbia, AL, works in 
Naval Hospital Pensacola 's Alcohol Rehabilitation Department. 

-USN- 

HEADLINE: NMCL New Orleans Opens New Branch Clinic 

NMCL New Orleans (NSMN) — On 29 March, Naval Medical Clinic 
New Orleans ' newly renovated Naval Support Activity Branch 
Medical Clinic, East Bank, was re-opened with a formal ribbon 
cutting ceremony. 

The new clinic, located in the F. Edward Hebert Defense 
Complex, is three times larger than the old clinic, with 2, 500 
square feet of space, and includes X-ray facilities, pharmacy, 
laboratory and examination rooms. 

Under Department Head LCDR Wayne Hansen, NC, the new clinic 
will serve the active duty population of four flag staffs and 
numerous other commands located in the Defense Complex, as well 
as other service members assigned in the area. 

The guest speaker, RADM James D. Olson II, Deputy Commander 



Reserve Forces, and CAPT Jerry B. Adkinson, MSC, commanding 
officer of the Naval Medical Clinic, cut the ribbon of the new 
facility. 

-USN- 

HEADLINE : NMCL Philadelphia Holds Healthcare Information Fair 

NMCL Philadelphia (NSMN) — As part of the phased closure 
process at Naval Medical Clinic Philadelphia, a Healthcare 
Information Fair was held 22 March at Naval Base Philadelphia. 

The Healthcare Information Fair is a continuation of the 
extensive community education program started last year to assist 
beneficiaries in their transition to other excellent sources of 
health care. The event was an opportunity for the base and 
community organizations to focus upon what was happening in the 
base closure process as it related to medical services and on the 
changes occurring in the Department of Defense health benefits 
program . 

Representatives from DOD and other federal organizations at 
the fair shared information on health services with area 
beneficiaries . 

Program Coordinator CDR Joan Pate, NC, said of the fair, "We 
believe this event will foster a greater understanding on what 
health care services will be available in the Delaware Valley 
after our clinic is disestablished, as well as to help our 
beneficiaries to decide which plan is best for them and their 
families . " 

Clinical services for family members and retired personnel 
cease at the clinic 30 June 1995; Naval Medical Clinic 
Philadelphia will be officially disestablished on 30 September 
1995. 

-USN- 

HEADLINE : New Contractor to Operate Family Dental Plan 

OCHAMPUS Aurora, CO (NSMN) — The Defense Department has 
chosen a Pennsylvania firm to operate its Active Duty Family 
Member Dental Plan for the next five years. 

In competitive bidding, United Concordia Companies Inc., of 
Camp Hill, PA, was awarded the $1.7 billion contract 6 February. 
The firm will take over operation of the program from the current 
contractor, Delta Dental, on 1 August 1995. 

Beginning in August, monthly premiums will be $6. 77 for one 
enrolled family member and $16.92 for two or more. Rates are 
currently $10 and $20, respectively. 

Dental services under the Active Duty Family Member Dental 
Plan are offered in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the 
U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The plan is a voluntary program under which sponsors or 
enrolled families pay a small monthly premium by payroll 
deduction. Enrolled family members may then receive certain 
basic preventive, diagnostic and restorative services . Covered 
diagnostic and preventive services are fully paid; the plan 
covers 80 percent of the cost of basic restorative services and 
60 percent of some more complex services , such as root canals and 
oral surgery. 



Active duty members of all seven uniformed services may 
enroll their family members in the plan at their local personnel 
office. Once enrolled, family members stay in the program for at 
least two years, unless the family moves to a base where the 
military provides their dental care, family members become 
entitled to other dental coverage, or the family is transferred 
overseas . 

See your local health benefits advisor for more information. 
Story by the Office of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of 
the Uniformed Services with additional information from the 
American Forces Information Service 

-USN- 

3. Events, observances and anniversaries, 16-26 April: 

14-22 April: Passover (begins sundown/ends sundown) 

16 April: Easter 

16-22 April: National Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Week 
(804/330-8500; in IL, 312/431-3600) 

16-22 April: National Medical Laboratory Week (312/738- 
4886) 

11 April: OS Staff Corps Selection Board Convenes 

11 April: Deadline for filing Income Tax returns 

18 April: National Youth Service Day 

21 April 1945: Allies entered Berlin 

22 April : Earth Day (25th Anniversary) 

22-28 April: National Infant Immunization Week (404/639- 

8225) (Navy POC, 804/444-1515, x456) 

23-29 April: National Volunteer Week (202/223-9186, xl46) 
24 April: Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program board 

convenes 

24 April 1800: Library of Congress established 

24-28 April: Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologists 
Week (112/192-2918) 

25 April: Morning (0600-0800) and Night (until 2200) 
Detailing (times are for Washington DC) 

25 April 1945: United Nations organized 

26 April: Professional Secretaries Day 

-USN- 

4. Professional Notes: Information on upcoming symposiums, 
conferences or courses of interest to Navy Medical Department 
personnel and wrap-ups on ones attended. Anyone with information 
to share in this section should contact the editor (see the last 
paragraph of this message on ways to do so) . 

Scheduled Meetings: 

— 18-20 April, CinCLantFlt Surgeon's Conference, "Health 
Care . . . Positioning for Success, " Norfolk, VA. For more 
information, call LCDR H.T. DeWeese, MSC, or YNCS D. Griffiths at 
DSN 564-6160, (804) 444-6160. 

— 20-22 April, Postgraduate Course in General Surgery, 
University of California, San Francisco. For registration 
information call (415) 416-5808; for program information call 
(415) 416-4251. 

— 20 April, Navy Medicine Public Affairs Conference, USUHS 



Bethesda, MD. Contact LT McDonald, DSN 294-0118 or (202) 653- 
0118. BUMED message 271500Z MAR 95 has details. 

— 21-23 April, Worldwide Navy Public Affairs Workshop, 
"Team Development - 95, " Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 

Arlington, VA. For details, contact LTjg D. Gai at (703) 697- 
3291; DSN 227-3291. 

— 27-29 April, Nursing Organization of the VA, Quality 
Hotel, Washington, DC, (202) 296-0888. 

— 30 April - 5 May, Combined Forces Pharmacy Seminar, "The 
Changing Face of Pharmacy, " Omni Jacksonville (FL) Hotel . For 
more information, contact CDR Charlie Hostettler, MSC, DSN 942- 
7406, (904) 777-7406, email jakOcfh@jaklO.med.navy.mil . 

— 30 April - 3 May, 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for 
Ambulatory Care Professionals , Stouffer Harborplace, Baltimore 

(410/547-1200) . For more information, contact J.D. Meacham, 
(312) 422-3000, ext . 3906. 

— 6-11 May, 1995 Annual Meeting and Industrial Exhibition 
of the Intravenous Nurses Society, Phoenix, AZ, (617) 489-5205. 

— 7-10 May, 17th Annual Strategy Forum, Society of Hospital 
Planning and Marketing, Marriott Copley Place, Boston. For 
information, contact S. Pierce, (312) 422-3000, ext. 3886. 

— 7-11 May, 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, Aerospace 
Medical Association, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA, (703) 739- 
2240. 

— 7-12 May, 3rd Navy Health Promotion Coordinator Training, 
Dam Neck, VA. For more information, call the Navy Environmental 
Health Center, DSN 564-7575, (804) 444-7575, Ms. Becky Washburn, 
x457, or Ms. Suzanne Pidgeon, x466; fax (804) 444-1345. BUMED 
message 270029Z MAR 95 has details. 

— 17-20 May, 26th Annual National Conference, "Surgical 
Technology : The Spirit of Excellence, " Association of Surgical 
Technologists, Dallas, (303) 694-9130 or 1-800-637-7433. 

— 18-21 May, 39th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of 
Clinical Psychoanalysis, "The Life Cycle in Psychoanalysis and 
Psychodynamic Psychiatry, " Doral Ocean Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, 
FL, (212) 475-7980. 

— 20-25 May, 148th Annual Meeting of the American 
Psychiatric Association, "Encompassing Diversity : Demanding 
Equity, " Miami Beach Convention Center, (202) 682-6100. 

— 25-27 May, 11th Annual Current Issues in Anatomic 
Pathology, University of California School of Medicine, (415) 
476-4251. 

— 27-31 May, 30th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Public Health 
Service Professional Association, "Healthy People 2000: 
Yesterday's Lessons; Tomorrow's Challenges, " Peabody Hotel, 
Orlando, FL; (703) 243-1301. 

— 28 May - 3 June, American Academy of Physician Assistants 
Veterans Caucus, Hilton Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, (903) 
756-5581. 

— 5-8 June, HHS International Congress on Hazardous Waste: 
Impact on Human and Ecological Health, Atlanta. For information, 
contact Dr. John S. Andrews Jr., Associate Administrator for 
Science, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1600 
Clifton Rd. NE (E-28) , Atlanta, GA 30333; (404) 639-0708, email 



JSAIQATSOAA1 .EM. CDC. GOV . 

— 7-10 June, 28th Educational Conference and Annual 
Meeting, American Society for Healthcare Food Service 
Administration, New Orleans Hotel Riverside (504/561-0500) . For 
information, call P. Burton, (312) 422-3000, ext . 3872. 

— 12-23 June, Operational and Preventive Medicine Course 
(OPMC) , Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 5 
(NEPMU-5) , San Diego. For information on course content and 
submission of nominations, please contact NEPMU-5 ' s training 
officers, Mr. Jean L'ltalien or RM1 Richard Arrington at (619) 
556-7086, DSN 526-7086. Fax number for nominations is (619) 
556-7071, DSN 526-7071. 

— 13-17 June, 15th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 
Marriott Marquis, Atlanta. Persons interested in assisting with 
the games should contact local volunteer coordinator Lynn Cheek 
at (404) 728-7728. 

— 14-17 June, 6th Annual Conference, Health Care Executive 
Assistants, Boston Copley Plaza. For information, call K. 
Svedman, (312) 422-3000, ext. 3861. 

— 19-22 June, Third Annual NAVSEA/NAVSUP International 
Logistics Symposium, "Logistics Teaming for International 
Defense, " Hyatt Regency Hotel, Arlington, VA. For program 
information contact Sandra Kramer, NAVSEA, (703) 602-9000; 
contact Sally Cook, ASNE, (703) 836-6727, for registration 
information; and to reserve exhibit space, contact John 
Werbowski, (703) 329-4201. 

— 20-24 June, Annual Scientific Meeting, Undersea and 
Hyperbaric Medical Society, Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, FL, (301) 
942-2980 (see article below) . 

— 22-25 June, 15th Annual Health Reporting Conference, The 
Sutton Place Hotel, Newport Beach, CA. For more information, 
contact Jill Stewart, AMA, 515 N. State, Chicago, IL 60610; (312) 
464-5843. 

— 18-23 July, 23rd Annual National Training Conference 
(Symposium) , "Excellence Through Mentoring, Training and 

Professionalism, " National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) , 
Holiday Inn Executive Center, Virginia Beach. For registration 
application, call 1-800-772-6662. Navy POC is CDR Ruby Miller, 
DSN 227-1022 or (703) 697-1022. 

— 27-30 August, 11th Meeting of the International Society 
for STD Research, New Orleans Marriott, 1-800-642-2515. 

— 9-11 November, The Integrated Function of the Lumbar 
Spine and Sacroiliac Joints, San Diego. For information, contact 
European Conference Organizers, P.O. Box 4334, 3006 AH Rotterdam, 
The Netherlands; 31-10-4133287. 

— 3-8 March 1996, Association of Military Osteopathic 
Physicians and Surgeons , Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, 

(407) 368-2306. 

-more- 

HEADLINE: Hyperbaric Society Announces Annual Meeting 

UHMS Kensington, MD (NSMN) — The Undersea and Hyperbaric 
Medical Society (UHMS) will hold its 1995 Annual Scientific 
Meeting from 20-24 June at the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, FL. 



The meeting will include sessions on research and clinical 
applications of diving and hyperbaric medicine. There will also 
be joint sessions for the Baromedical Nurses Association and the 
Associate Members of the UHMS . 

Four unique one-day pre-courses will be held immediately 
prior to the meeting: 1 - "Are Asthmatics Fit to Dive?" chaired 
by Dr. David Elliott of the United Kingdom, 21 June; 2 - deals 
with the use of standard hospital equipment in the hyperbaric 
environment, 21 June; 3 - Introduction to Commercial Diving, 20 
June, sponsored by the Association of Diving Contractors ; 4 - the 
basics of nursing research and its application to hyperbaric 
medicine sponsored by the Baromedical Nurses Association, 21 
June. 

A highlight of this year's meeting will be the Suzanne 
Kronheim Memorial Lecture. Dr. Frank St. C. Golden from the 
British Royal Navy will be speaking on accidental immersion and 
hypothermia. In addition to the Kronheim Lecture, there will be 
special sessions dealing with the use of hyperbaric oxygen in 
sports injuries, the new health care reform debate, practice 
guidelines and standards of care in hyperbaric oxygen, newly 
discovered mechanisms in hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and 
development of a protocol and outcome measures for a clinical 
trial with hyperbaric oxygen and HIV infection. 

Social functions include the opening reception and the 
annual awards banquet . 

For more information about the meeting, contact Jane Dunne, 
c/o UHMS, 10531 Metropolitan Ave., Kensington, MD 20985; (301) 
942-2980. 

The UHMS was founded in 1967 to provide an international 
forum for professional scientific communication in basic and 
applied studies concerned with the undersea environment, and the 
treatment of specific medical disorders with hyperbaric oxygen 
therapy. The Society has 2,500 members worldwide. 

-USN- 

5. ADDRESSEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT INFORMATION AND NEWS 
ITEMS OF MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OR BENEFICIARY INTEREST (IN STORY 
FORMAT) BY TELEPHONE, FAX OR E-MAIL TO BUMED, ATTN: EDITOR, 
NAVAL SERVICE MEDICAL NEWS (MED 00P2) . TELEPHONE (202) 653-0793, 
DSN 294-0793. FAX (202) 653-0086, DSN 294-0086. E-MAIL 
NMCOENLQBUMEDl . MED . NAVY. MIL// 

-USN-